Dorinda Hafner was born in Ghana, West Africa. She came to Australia from England as a dispensing optician and registered nurse. She has since worked as a storyteller, celebrant, actress, dancer, choreographer, public speaker, writer and television chef. Hafner currently lives in South Australia, but divides her time between Australia, Great Britain, and the United States. She is the mother of media personality, television presenter and former weather presenter Nuala Hafner and James Hafner. She was the State Ambassador for Australian Citizenship week in 1997, and has represented Australia at various Women and Earth Eco-Conferences.